Billy Elliot (2000)
Country: UK, France
Release Date: 19 May 2000 (Cannes Film Festival)
Run Time: 110 min
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Music
Director: Stephen Daldry
Writers: Lee Hall
Stars: Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Jean Heywood
Trivia: A talented young boy becomes torn between his unexpected love of dance and the disintegration of his family.
County Durham, during the endless, violent 1984 strike against the Thatcher closure of British coal mines. Widower Jackie Elliot and his firstborn, fellow miner Tony, take a dim view of 11 year-old second son Billy's poor record in boxing class, which worsens when they discover he sneakily transferred to the neighboring, otherwise girls-only-attended ballet class. Only one schoolmate, closet-gay Michael Caffrey, encourages Billy's desire, aroused by the teacher, who judged him talented enough for private lesson, to train and try out for the world-renowned Royal Ballet audition. Only the prospect of a fancy career unimagined in the pauper quarter may twist pa and big brother's opposition to indispensable support.